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Sound Art

Five events this week combine the musical and the visual.

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David Lynch's Dark Night
Morrison Hotel Gallery; thru 8/14; 313 Bowery, nr. 2nd St.; 212-941-8770
It took over a year for Dark Night of the Soul, the collaboration between Danger Mouse, David Lynch, and the late Mark Linkous, to be released because of a dispute with EMI. It's finally out this week, and you can see one of Lynch's contributions to the project here: Fifty dreamlike photos inspired by the haunting album, which plays in the background.

Dark Sounds: Beirut
Guggenheim Museum; 7/15 at 8 p.m.; 1071 Fifth Ave., at 89th St.; 212-423-3500
Wunderkind Zach Condon has traveled the globe perfecting his Balkan gypsy folk-rock, which he’ll play for a museum audience as part of the Guggenheim’s three-part “Dark Sounds” series accompanying the exhibition "Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance," currently on view.

Christian Marclay: Festival, Lee Ranaldo
Whitney Museum; 7/15 at 1 p.m.; 945 Madison Ave., at 75th St.; 800-944-8639
The Sonic Youth member is also bandmates with turntable artist Christian Marclay in the group Text of Light, and plays as part of a Christian Marclay: Festival that features multiple daily performances of Marclay’s musical scores by individual musicians and ensembles. Warning: Marclay makes energetic, punk-rock-like compositions and Ranaldo identifies himself as a "noise musician", so it might be a good idea to bring earplugs.

David LaChapelle: American Jesus
Paul Kasmin; thru 9/18; 293 Tenth Ave., at 27th St; 212-563-4474
On view are new works by the subversive director-photographer known for his surreal, candy-colored images of A-listers, including a trio of photographs connecting Michael Jackson’s epic, tragic life with biblical themes. Bonus: LaChapelle’s photographs typically begin with a series of compositional graphite drawings, collages, watercolors, and mixed-media sketches, which will also be presented.

Ratatat at P.S. 1
MoMA P.S. 1; 7/17 at 2 p.m.; 22-25 Jackson Ave., at 46th Ave.; 718-784-2084
The Brooklyn-based electronic duo D.J. the museum's Saturday Warm Up party, creating a soundtrack sure to be ideal for dancing underneath the whimsical Pole Dance installation in the courtyard. With Air France and ARP.


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